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Study finds German middle class shrinking

The German middle class has shrunk dramatically in recent years as the wealth gap in Europe's biggest economy has widened, a study published on Tuesday found.

Air and rail strikes threaten to paralyze Germany

Air and rail strikes threaten to paralyze Germany

German train drivers and airport workers will stage nationwide strikes in the coming days. In a country known for it's love of order, these strikes, combined with other service industry strikes could wreak havoc on German commerce.

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SPD’s Ypsilanti seeks leftist support in Hesse

Reneging on a campaign promise, the head of centre-left Social Democratic Party in the German state of Hesse, Andrea Ypsilanti, is seeking to build a minority government tolerated by the hard socialist Left Party.

Ludwigshafen fire ‘unlikely’ to be arson

Ludwigshafen fire ‘unlikely’ to be arson

German investigators have determined a tragic fire in February that killed nine Turkish residents in the southwestern city of Ludwigshafen was unlikely to have been arson.

German soldiers too fat to fight

German soldiers too fat to fight

Some 40 percent of German soldiers are overweight and don't exercise enough, according to the 2007 annual report on the readiness of the German armed forces.

Hot German athlete boasts ‘mind-blowing’ career

Hot German athlete boasts ‘mind-blowing’ career

Blonde superstar biathlete Magdalena Neuner totes a gun, but boasts wholesome hobbies. She also tests clean in a sport that's often scandalized by doping, reports AFP's Ryland James.

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Strong euro hurts 2007 German exports

The soaring euro is hampering German exports outside of Europe, according to the latest figures from the Federal Statistics Office.

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Struck backs Beck as next SPD chancellor

SPD parliamentary group leader Peter Struck has given his backing to embattled Social Democratic chairman Kurt Beck as the party's 2009 candidate for chancellor amid ongoing concerns of his leadership.

Germany hit by widespread strikes

Germany hit by widespread strikes

Widespread public sector strikes hit 11 of Germany’s 16 states on Tuesday, as garbage collectors, nurses, and bus drivers all walked off the job as a warning to government employers.

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Britain tried astrology to defeat Hitler

Britain drafted a bogus Hungarian nobleman to help defeat Nazi Germany using astrology, despite serious reservations from spy chiefs, according to declassified files released Tuesday.

Merkel and Sarkozy make nice

Merkel and Sarkozy make nice

France and Germany's leaders appeared to patch up relations late on Monday, announcing agreements on two key issues that had led a rumoured chill in relations.